Billy Newman's second Sextet Album features
Billy Newman - nylon string guitar, composer
Michael Attias - Alto Saxophone
Eric Schugren - Tenor Saxophone
Ben Holmes - Trumpet
Leco Reis - Bass
Conor Meehan - Drums
" It's been exciting to combine the music I love from Brazil with the sounds of jazz I have around me and make a personal fusion, finding the parallels, the bends in the rhythm and harmony that tell a similar story. The dedicated musicians in both countries go through the same struggles, trying to thrive while negotiating the pitfalls of where we must play and work, what pittance of funding is given by our governments for the expressive musical arts like Jazz and Choro. There is the blues and "the streets we live" in Brazilian music. There is "saudades", the swamp, sea and rain puddle in Jazz. The whole range of urban experience is enshrined in the music from both countries. I hope you the listener will be inspired by the music here to check out a Pixinguinha or Nicanor Texeira, or maybe a Henry Threadgill or Hasan Ibn Ali, pairings of well known and obscure musicians whose music strive for the highest aesthetic without disconnect from community or awareness about the realities of urban existence There are many of us still making music with humor and humility and reverence for improvised expression. I'm fortunate to have had some of the best folks from New York and Rio in my life (amongst other cities) and as the years pass, they've kept me inspired to play and write. Brazilian Choro and Samba (Musica Carioca) and Music from the Nordeste(Baiao,Xaxado) are well represented on this album married to Jazz improvisation and small band arrangement. The acoustic guitar is used throughout. The band is an outgrowth of years of playing both Brazilian music and Jazz in both Rio and NYC. I have been fortunate to have had done several prestigious composer's residencies that has substantially aided the growth of my writing. Also, look for my group The Brazilian Acoustic Ensemble and my guitar book on Alfred music Guitar Atlas: Brazil."